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Published 1971


Description: Documents four local Los Angeles area hospitals attempts to develop greater disaster preparedness planning. The timeline of the film indicates that Dr. Alan Finley, pediatrician at Children's Hospital at USC reached out to other area hospitals to develop a region wide inter-hospital disaster preparedness plan and then held a mock training exercise. The film them depicts an earthquake that happened after the mock training named "Explo 71", that supposedly shows the network implementing their training being put into use responding to a real disaster.

After consulting newspaper accounts of the time, it turns out that the earthquake did happen in February of 1971, but the disaster planning and preparation for "Explo 71" actually took place after the earthquake. Also through research, it was determined that the radio network wasn't established as a result of the meetings depicted in this film, but predated these meetings by two years.

Source: 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm

Collection: Inventory of the Governor's Office of Emergency Services Records

Call Number: 92-12-05

Rights: Material in the public domain. No restrictions on use.

Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP).


Run time 00:30:26
Producer Governor's Office-Office of Emergency Services
Audio/Visual Sound, Color
Language English
Contact Information California Secretary of State, California State Archives, 1500 11th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 General Information: (916) 653-7715 Reference Desk: (916) 653-2246 Email: archivesweb@sos.ca.gov

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